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Pannepot Reserva - De Struise Brouwers

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969 Ratings
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Ratings: 969
Reviews: 349
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 113
Gots: 172 | FT: 13
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-02-2007)
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Photo of nickd717
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle.

Pours a great clear dark brown color with a nicely formed tan head and good lacing.

Aroma is fairly rich - sweet caramel and toffee and candied rum-soaked dark fruits. Some Belgian yeast also. Similar to a more balanced Pannepot, without too much oak presence.

Flavor is amazingly good. All the great aspects of Pannepot are there: caramel, toffee, date, prune, fig, along with some oak barrel and slight vanilla.

Incredible palate on this one. One of the smoothest beers I've ever had. Medium-full bodied with fairly soft carbonation.

An excellent beer overall. The others there didn't think it was quite so impressive, but damn, I thought it was good, and it's pretty rare too.

nickd717, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of Jeffo
3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the brewery in Woestvleteren.

From a bottle into a chalice. Sampled directly after Pannepot 2008.

Note: This vintage has the name spelt out on the label using the Dutch spelling: "Pannepeut." A 2007 vintage.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1 ½ finger medium-thick tan head with great retention. Deep sienna brown in color, opaque, with no visible carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a healthy foam cap that stays until the finish, but leaves no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: A bit of a muted nose unfortunately. Some caramel malt and hints of spices and herbs, but not much else there. Pleasant, but not bold enough.

TASTE: Lots caramel malt and brown sugary sweetness. Some dark fruits, grapes and raisins perhaps, as well as notes of red wine through the middle. The finish shows some sweet and spicy alcohol along side some hop bitterness as well and leads into a bold but short lived aftertaste. Tasty for sure, and much more impressive than the nose had indicated.

PALATE: Medium body and not quite as creamy as hoped. Goes down smooth though, with a bit of an alcohol burn at the finish, though well measured, and finishes slightly dry on the palate.

OVERALL: Essentially, this brew is Pannepot without the added spices and herbs. Though Pannepeut is a nice beer on its own right, I don't think it even compares to Pannepot in terms of complexity and enjoyment. On the other hand, I can definitely see the appeal in this brew, and can understand why some would chose it over Pannepot. This is one I would have again, but would reach for the regular Pannepot nine times out of ten. Worth checking out to make up your own mind if you get the chance, and especially fun for a side-by-side.

Jeffo, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of mmahut
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark with carbonated head.

S: Spice, vanilla and caramel. No alcohol smell at first.

T: Strong alcohol on taste, spicy caramel, chocolate and brown sugar. Well balanced flavours.

M: Medium body with complex carbonation.

D: Strong on taste, would be a great addition to a good creme brule.

mmahut, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of DenverLogan
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

OK...doing a vertical of the 06, 07, and 08. The 06 had a small head, slight aroma of alcohol and caramel malts, and flavor of caramel malts, slight cider, some citrus and a decent lingering after taste. The 07 had a medium head, strong aroma of malts and alcohol, significant carbonation and some rough notes of malts and alcohol. The 08 was like wood cleaner, ethanol, and bandaids. I'll hope this was just a bad bottle!

DenverLogan, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
3.73/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 11.2 oz bottle from the De Struise web shop...The beer pours medium brown, like a quad should look but a little lighter of a brown than the pannepot. There are tons of yeasy floaties. The head is disappointing, only rising a little then gone right away...The aroma is really dark fruits, raisins, caramel with a slight hop finish...The taste is ok, doesn't quite live up to a great quad though. A little light in feel and a very alcoholic finish. The taste is in general is just kind of flat.

jrallen34, May 29, 2010
Photo of randjuke
3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 bottle gives dark brown sightly cloudy with beige head that disappears quickly. Aroma dark fruits and Belgian yeasts. Taste chocolate, dark fruits, spice, yeast, acidic. Thick creamy mouth feel. Medium finish with mild-moderate bitterness. Alcohol well disguised.

Not as tasty, creamy or complex as the Pannepot but still a decent beer.

randjuke, May 14, 2010
Photo of jgasparine
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled a 33cl Bottle, 2007 Vintage. Newer label reads "Pannepeut".

A- An aggressive pour produced a 1" foamy tan head, which slowly dissipated, leaving some decent lacing behind. Haze layer was reasonably retained. The body was a hazy dark garnet color, with no visible carbonation.

S- Smells rich, malty and yeasty. The malt character is soft and rich with melanoidins. The yeast character comes over breadlike and distinctly Belgian. Nuances of candi sugar, cinnamon and raisins throughout the nose.

T- Big stewed malts are right up front, infused with lesser flavors of yeast, cinnamon and raisiny esters. Midway, some booziness and hop bitterness begins to overtake the malt, which lasts throughout a peppery finish. The flavor of candied lemongrass echoes on the palate for what seems like forever.

M- A big chewy body, packed with a soft carbonation. Slightly textured from unattenuated sugar, and VERY slightly astringent (this astringency is the only thing keeping this from being a perfect '5' in the mouthfeel department). Some nice warming sensations from the alcohol as it goes down as well.

D- A dangerously quaffable beverage, particularly given its high ABV. I certainly wish we had this available in the States!

jgasparine, May 06, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2007 Vintage

A-pours a hazy deep red with notes of purple and lots of sediment floating around. A tan creamy bubbly head sets on top, two full fingers. It lingers for a moment and slides down the glass slowly.

S-the nose is quite light. What is there is very solid, but it is so faint. Toasted grains set in up front, it is slightly bready behind. Dark fruits take over and hold on throughout the rest of the aroma. Cherries and plums in the back with notes of oak and vanilla.

T-the taste is much bigger than the nose and is extremely good. Bready and slightly toasted up front. Dark fruits dominate and take over quickly. Sweet malty goodness, dark cherries, plums, and raisins slighly soaked in rum. There is some light chocolaty malts lying underneath it all in the back. Notes of oak and vanilla are faint but present towards the finish.

M-medium to full body, extremely smooth and creamy. Carbonation is perfect, crisp finish but no bite or prickly feeling in the back. Very inviting and soft on the palate throughout.

D-this is extremely tasty and big, great feel on the palate, hides the alcohol extremely well. The oak aging is faint and subtle; but still present.

cpetrone84, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage. Poured from 11.2oz bottle. Review from notes.

A- Pours a darker brown color when held to the light shows some red hues. One finger tan head comes and stays for a short while before dying down. Light streaking lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Bigger darker fruits in the front end of this beer. Some light apple aroma as well that stands out than the darker fruits. Light caramel malts make up the backing of this in the aroma. Light alcohol in this as well that burns the nose.

T- Big green apple flavors clash with a light darker fruits. Caramel bready malts are the backbone of this beer. Light yeasty notes come in throughout the entire beer. Alcohol comes up in the backend and makes this beer more balance overall.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Alcohol dries the palate nicely with each sip. Big green apple burst left on the palate with some light alcohol and bready malts left in the aftertaste. Flavors are a little crushed together but it works out very well with this beer.

D- This was a very enjoyable treat that I wish I had a couple more of. I wouldn't mind getting a couple more to cellar a little longer. I think this one should be a staple on most people's lists of beers to try.

alleykatking, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of gyllstromk
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage.

Pours dark brown/black with a thin head despite initially gushing from the bottle. Aromas of deep caramel, vanilla, nuttiness, and alcohol. Palate is of more vanilla, a fruitiness of cherries or blackberries, rose water, and a little oak. A slightly tart finish with a bit of sweetness, carbonation, wetness, and vanilla exhale that evokes a cream soda.

gyllstromk, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of Luk13
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

3 way blind taste test alongside pannepot grand reserva 2006 and westvleteren 8. Nice dark appearance with a creamy beige head. A very clean ripe white fruit smell, I get pears here mostly, and something reminiscent of soap also gets me. Taste is quite malty, lot's of those pears still around and a good boozy taste. Beautiful silky smooth mouthfeel, a real success.

Luk13, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of Travlr
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage tasted at the Kulminator in September 2008.
A: Murky ruby red with thin white head.
S: Aroma of nutmeg and allspice, maybe some vanilla.
T/M: Full-bodied balanced malt, hops and spice - figs and dates, raisins, that vary throughout, Complex mix of flavors and a long bitter finish.
D: Outstanding brew.

Travlr, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of hrking
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Barrel aged Pannepot all I can say is WOW.The smoothness that the barrel aging adds is over the top and if there were any edges on Pannepot. Which I never detected any Panny by itself is a World Class brew. The barrel aging adds a whole new depth to this Struise masterpiece. All the wonderfull flavors from the Pannepot the carmel vanilla spice smoothness and the added aroma of the oak aging truly push this beer into a aficionados cellar collection to be savored. My highest praise . A true masterpiece. Its METAL

hrking, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of Hullabaloo2
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 bottle served in an Orval goblet on 11/16/2009

Aroma - Deep, rich aoma of dark fruit. Some apple. Very wine like. Mild alcohol. The aroma is very upfront in this beer

Appearance - Dark brown with a red hue. Very little light gets through. Tan head poured 1 fingerwidth and stayed at one fingerwidth. Very nice head retention. Ok lacing.

Taste - Much like the aroma a very deep rich flavor of dark fruits and dark sugars (molasses); however, it's not sweet. This is followed by caramel malt and spicesSome bitterness I believe due to the alcohol. Slight lingering spice and bitterness. Complex beyond my words.

Mouth Feel - Heavy body. Several reviews say low carbonation, but it has a lot of carbonation; however, it is very smooth. Alcohol is present, but is not hot and is very well covered. Lingering spice and slight lingering bitterness. Almost cloying.

Overall Impression - This is different from the quads that I ususally drink (St. Bernardus 12, Gouden Carolus Grand Cru, etc.), but it is definitely a great beer. If only I could get this on a regular basis. I can't speak to the accuracy of its world wide rating, but I can understand why people would rate it so highly. This is a must get if you can. I would even recommend mail ordering it if you can't get it locally. As and after thought, I think Gouden Carolus Grand Cru is still my favorite quad.

Hullabaloo2, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of jlindros
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had @ Lion's Pride.

A: Has a big frothy 2 finger + head that's bowing and sticking over the top of the glass. Very hazy and sediment filled maroon brown color.

N: Some aged sour fruity malts, some crisp aromas come through with some light spices and almost a funky wild yeast like aroma.

T: Starts slightly sour with an almost funk and fruit taste, some candi sugar that's lightly sweetening it. The great crazy Belgian yeast really sticks its head out to let you know. Some light creamy chocolate and more dark plum like fruits. More spices and spicey yeast, a light oak and vanilla. Lots of complex flavors blended together well.

M: Semi thick with lots of carbonation and light spice

F: Almost bready qualities coming through now, pretty dry but still somewhat syrupy in the center. The long Belgian quad like taste seems to teeter out over time, but the Belgian sweetness, sour fruits, and funky yeast really just stick to your taste memory for a while.

It's delicious!

jlindros, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of ricke
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage.

A: Dark reddish brown with a medium-sized pale beige head. Good head retention and nice lacings.

S: Deep and rich malty aromas. Lots of fruity notes (cherries, plums, figs, currants) - this is like a fruit basket! Tagging along the fruits are notes of wood, cola and chocolaty fudge, and wonderful caramel notes. Very vinous. Some spicy yeast. Very complex, almost overwhelming.

T: At first, the taste is very very reminiscent of red wine- fruity notes, wood, earth and spices make for one vinous experience. After a few sips, things get easier to sort out and the red wine character decreases to some extent. Some malts, but not very powerful. Lovely balance of sweet caramel, fudge, and notes of ripe dark fruits (but not as complex as in the smell). Dry woody notes linger on, Belgian yeast, spices and earth. The sweetness is balanced by a gentle tart note that sticks around to the finish. The finish is mildly bitter with notes of well integrated warming alcohol, currants, wood, mild phenols and hints of iron. Beautiful and rich, very well balanced.

M: Surprisingly light with rather high levels of carbonation. The mouthfeel definitely makes the beer dangerously easy to drink.

D: Very good, better than the Grand Reserva version.

ricke, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.93/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Pours a deep amber to brown color with many particles floating around. Head is medium and very beige. Retention is slow, however it never disappears completely. A small bubbled layer remains with many lacings left

S: Very fruity and sweet. Strong candy on the nose. Notes of dark chocolate and coffee. Wood. Roasted malts and yeasts. Earthy hops

T: Taste is intense. Very tasty beer. Sweet upfront. Candy, roasted malts, liquor, dark fruits. Notes of chocolate and coffee

M: Extremely creamy beer. Molasses. Low carbonation

O: Very close to the regular Pannepot. A bit milder on alcohol and taste but, of course, a brilliant beer

eduardolinhalis, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of adamette
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My 600th review. This, like the strong majority, is a live review. Poured from the same 11.2 oz. bottle that I purchased at De Bier Tempel in Brugge, Belgium on or about 6 9 09 for 2.50 Euros. I took it with me all over Italy, finally returning at the end of June. I poured it into my Three Philosopher's tulip glass.

A Dark body that reveals dark red/mahogony colors under very direct light. Head is a medium to light brown creamy one cm that dissipated to about 0.5 cm within a few minutes. The very creamy head reminds me of the head of a Westy 12, pillow soft, with remnants of the last pour visible. 5.0

S Medium to dark roast malt with dark fruits to the nose as well. I might even pick up some licorice. I do not smell alcohol which one might expect at a 10% level. 4.0

T Well, big malt and those dark fruits are certainly in the front, one of my first impressions is that it reminds me of a Thomas Hardy Ale. This beer is much lighter in the feel to thick, syrupy Thomas Hardy Ale. I do not taste any of the hops mentioned on the label but several of the other things that I mentioned are listed on the label. Things like dark fruit, licorice and the malt taste. Interesting, challenging, deep. 4.5

M Just like other DSB beers, this feel is wonderfully smooth, and I do not "feel" the alchol at the level that is indicated. A really great mouthfeel. 5.0

D Well I eagerly awaited every sip and enjoyed each one but this is a style that does not lend itself to "drinkability." That being said, I would have loved to have a second one right after this one was gone. 4.0

Notes: Suitable beer for my 600th, a one off beer that I brought back from Belgium myself. Its depth and the mastery shown in how it presents were an honor to experience.

adamette, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of rye726
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark mahogany with a silky tan head and some light lacing. Settles to a velvety cover.

Nose has dark bready malts, raisins, figs, oak, red wine, vanilla, tart cherries, spices, toffee and chocolate fudge.

Taste also has a great burgundy wine presence over rich malts, ripe pitted fruits, cocoa, vanilla, wood and dark caramelized sugars.

Creamy body is delicately carbonated. Another amazing beer from Struise. Urbain is the man! Great malty quad, perfectly compimented by the barrel aging that adds a slightly dry wine and oak presence.

rye726, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks again to a generous BMan1113VR for this. Maybe on our next chance meeting I'll have a bottle in tow.

The beer appears tawny with a creamy head that lingers...lingers...lingers. What retention!

The nose is full of dark fruits (quite vinous) in the form of grapes and plums. Spices are evident, and the malt profile is bready and sweet with noticeable alcohol.

The flavor is also very fruity, with raisins, plums, and grapes. The sweetness has a candied sugar quality and the bready malt backbone is substantial. The finish is sugary sweet with lingering dark fruits.

The beer is medium-full bodied with a nice medium level of carbonation, though the mouthfeel is a tad thin and watery.

This is a big fruity and vinous quad. The 4-6 ounces that I tried was satiating.

HopHead84, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of mdagnew
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought online from Beermerchants.com... 2007 vintage...

Poured a deep dark murky mahogany brown / almost black colour. Light mocha tan head poured big thick and foamy then faded to good thick coating with even thicker edging... quite a lot of thick lacing lines coat the glass most of the way down...

Aroma - Rich dark fruits mixed with Christmas spices - black currents and cherries, apples, dates and plums, light cinnamon and nutmeg... lots of toasted bready malts, red wine hints, light liquorice mixed with chocolate, faint marzipan, nut brittle, light black treacle sweetness, earthy and leathery notes, cola traces, some sour soy notes...

Taste - Lots of spiciness (again cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, vanilla and black pepper) mixed with milk chocolate and fruit (plums, dates, raisins and black grapes), lots of nice warming alcohol coming through, bready / yeasty, some candy sugar, light metallic traces, molasses and brown sugar sweetness, nut brown butter notes, roasted malts, again some soy / Flanders red ale sourness..

Feel - Smooth and creamy with a little sharpness underneath... medium / fulll bodied... pretty drinkable although the alcohol soon catches up with you..

Overall - An excellent brew although not quite as good as the standard Pannepot.. definitely recommended though...

mdagnew, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of largadeer
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky tawny color with a large and long-lasting head that leaves a coating of foam on the glass. The nose is rich, full of chocolate, raisins and molasses. There's a faint red wine-like tartness, and a odd mineral aroma beneath the surface. On the palate it's fruity and slightly tart, like a semi-ripe blackberry. A big chocolate malt flavor makes up the foundation, with subtler notes of tannins, minerals and figs beneath that. The finish is semi-dry and semi-tart with a light astringency. The full body and chocolatey, almost roasty malt profile make this an unusual quad, and a fairly good one.

largadeer, May 21, 2009
Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The head quickly turns rocky as three fingers of deep biscuity tan bubbles fade slowly leaving a bit of lace. Body is almost black but does show lots of brown on the edges when held to light. Nose is a big bold rustic spice profile. Some phenol spices with tones of leather, wood, sun scorched soil, raisins and dark fruit all come through on the nose. With first sip you immediately take a step back and say wow!, this beer is something special. First off I have to say that this is probably the best I've ever had a 10% alcohol hidden, and that is totally a complement. Rich toffee and bready malts are mixed with dark fruits for a wonderful complexity. Creamy smooth with lengthy richness and soft spices all through the palate. Carbonation is just right and carries all the flavors well. Oak is classic in this one and really adds maturity. Mouthfeel is oh so lovely and slightly thick. You would really have to stop me from drinking this beer all night, but at some time you could remind me that it is $23 a bottle and 10% alcohol.

SPLITGRIN, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of glid02
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2005 version.

Pours a hazy, rustic brown color with a big off-white head. The head recedes fairly quickly into a thin pancake of bubbles on top that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of booze and Belgian candy sugar soaked fruits - plums, raisins and pears - with hints of spices. I'm not getting a lot of woody aromas, but the spiciness seems toned down a bit from the normal version.

Tastes very good. Belgian candy sugar and fruits join a sweet malt background. Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg come out every now and then.

Mouthfeel is great. This is the biggest improvement over the normal version of this beer in my opinion. It's almost velvety.

Drinkability is good. The sweetness from the Belgian candy sugar isn't overbearing, nor are the spices. This goes down easily, especially considering the 10% ABV.

Overall this is a tasty beer, but for the price I would recommend sticking with the non-Reserva, though if you're curious it's certainly worth a try.

glid02, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of Crosling
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown colored beer with a firm tan head. Rockin aroma showcases the intricate complexities of Pannepot, with added notes of vanilla, red burgundy and a very light toasted wood. Nose is awesome. Flavor is mildly disappointing. The barrel seemed to mellow and tame the original Pannepot, but it seemed to lose a bit of its flavor intensity and concentration. Doesnt quite have the depth of flavor or body of regular Pannepot. That being said, still a killer brew.

Crosling, Jan 09, 2009
Pannepot Reserva from De Struise Brouwers
96 out of 100 based on 969 ratings.